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Pastoral Support and Advice

Here at St. Matthew's we strive to support parents. Sharon Scholes our Inclusion and Pastoral Support can be contacted by calling the school office on 01752 395969 or emailing at where she will be happy to meet over a cup of tea or coffee and chat through any concerns you may have regarding your child.





📣 We're very excited to announce that our activities programme for January is NOW LIVE 📣

This fun collection of activities is the perfect way to start the year and beat off those January blues.  There's a whole range of activities for the whole family to enjoy - including climbing, basketball, a trip to the theatre and lots more!!! 🤩


Please note: spaces on many of our activities are limited and tickets are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. We do however offer a reserve list. If you want to be added to the reserve list for any of our sold out activities, please email us at stating: the activity; the number of places desired; and the names of the eager participants.


Please visit click here to book. 





Join us for our 6-week Virtual Support Group via Zoom. 

Grab a cup of tea and biscuit and join us from the comfort of your own home. You will have the chance to talk to other parents/carers, get some advice, and have a chat about your week.

The group will meet every Thursday between 8pm-9pm.  

ℹ️ First session: Thursday 3 February, 8pm – 9pm 

Click the link to book a space: You will be sent a Zoom link the day before - on Wednesdays.

The sessions will be facilitated by Holly, our Family Support Worker, and Hazel from our Wellbeing Team. 

Online Safety and Wellbeing


An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world

Ensuring children are getting breaks from the screen and are able to interact with others as far as possible is vital.


Brainscape, an online education specialist, also has suggested some top tips for this period of remote working.


Routine & Wellbeing guidance for PARENTS of Primary School children from the NHS


While your children will be spending an increased amount of time online it is a good time for a reminder of some online safety tips to ensure they stay safe online.


The Government, via its recommends five sites to help parents know more about online safety:


Childline remains an authority on child safety and its website outlines risks and gives tips to stay safe online, as well as a list of ten ‘tips to cope during lockdown’ which we may be faced with again in the future.


The NSPCC has very good resources to advise and support parents and carers at the current time.


National Online Safety has many resources, designed to give parents and pupils the knowledge they need to understand online dangers.


Think U Know, from the National Crime Agency, has new home activity packs to help children.


SWGfL has good cyber security advice for all online users, to help beat email, website and online shopping scams.



During any period of remote schooling, please be assured the School will continue to follow its online safety policy. Pupils will also need to be mindful to follow the rules of the ICT Acceptable Use Policy. 

Emotional Well-Being support information


The Book of Hopes– words and picture to comfort, inspire and entertain. Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents & carers from


NSPCC – Whether you’re working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, we’ve got tips and advice for you.


MindEd – a resource which includes advice for parents on children and young people’s mental health.


“My Hero is You” is a lovely storybook for Children on COVID-19 and is available in a number of languages.


British Psychological Society (BPS) – advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.


Families Under Pressure | Maudsley Charity – during this stressful and cooped-up time, don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tricks and tips, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.


View from the Window– Channel4 film showing how children are experiencing the coronavirus crisis.


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people from early years foundation stage to key stage 2.


Help with bereavement and loss  during the Covid-19 pandemic – some helpful advice and useful contact numbers


COVIDBOOK – a short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.


Coronavirus – helpful book for children on Coronavirus written with the advice of Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.


A Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus


Top Tips and Positive Messages from young people.


Cosmic Kids Yoga – yoga, meditation and relaxation for children (and adults!).


Mind Yeti – free guided mindfulness sessions and videos.


stay-home-superheroes – therapeutic story for anxious children.


Child friendly explanations of what coronaviruses are – including a social story.


Mental Health Wellbeing -from iHASCO. It lists various different sources of information and recommends a number of ‘apps’ parents may find useful


The Coronavirus series from CBBC Newsround explains what is happening in a child-friendly way


Top ten tips for ‘Talking to your child about scary world news’ – from the Mental Health Foundation are also excellent

Understanding the science may help too: Public Health England has lesson packs for primaries and secondaries


Growth Mindset Programme – the Emotional Health Service have developed a 10 week programme around growth mindset and resilience for parents and young people. Each pack is designed to be compatible to view on a computer, tablet or phone and there are worksheets to print if you would like to. However, you can also use it for inspiration and create your own activities.

Primary school Introduction

Week 1 Emotions

Week 2 Relaxation

Week 3 Positive attitudes

Week 4 Managing worries

Week 5 Self Reflection and Goals

Week 6 Effort and Practice

Week 7 Learning from failure and mistakes

Week 8 Problem Solving

Week 9 Friendships and connection with others

Week 10 Autonomy

School Motto

‘Love, Forgiveness, Courage, Hope, Trust, Spirit’

Mission Statement

‘let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16

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